We have a recycling centre close to where we live. It is a bit like a huge junk shop, you can find loads of interesting stuff, mostly very cheap. We were looking for a workshop bench or materials to build one, when I found a few boxes under a table full of old cameras. I had a sort through and picked out few. A Chinon Genesis, a Nikon L35af in excellent working condition, a new boxed Lomography Super Sampler and a PN 919. They cost £2 each which I thought was a total bargain even though the Genesis turned out to be dead when I got home.
I thought I should try them all starting with the PN 919. I didn’t know anything about this camera when I bought it, I was simply struck by the fact that it has a 28mm lens. Apparently this camera was given away or sold by Readers Digest magazine as a crash camera to keep in your car’s glovebox in case of accidents to record any damage. It is made of lightweight plastic and feels a bit flimsy and creaky. No flash, fixed focus, fixed aperture and one shutter speed, the simplest point and shoot around.
After shooting a roll of Agfa Vista 200 from Poundland, I have to say how much I like the results. Acceptable sharpness, no vignetting and accurate colour. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner!
Here are a few pictures from that first roll, taken in and around Norfolk last week.